2014 WSOP Event Recaps 16-30
June 18, 2014
By Jeremy Olson
We're now halfway through the 2014 World Series of Poker, which means the Main Event is that much closer. For the first time in history, the Main Event will guarantee a $10 million top prize, meaning we can likely expect lots of entrants. But there's still plenty of poker to be played before that and many more great stories to be told. Speaking of which, you'll find some very good stories in our recaps of Events #16 - #30.
Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw - Although he's primarily a California cash game pro, Todd Bui decided to make a foray into the 2014 WSOP. And he's glad that he did after beating a 348-player field to win $124,510 and his first gold bracelet. Interestingly enough, this was just Bui's first tournament title and it happened to be a WSOP event. It's also worth mentioning that he's childhood friends with two-time gold bracelet winner JC Tran, who's much better known for his tournament play than Bui.
Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship - Yet again, the Seniors Hold'em Championship broke an attendance record by drawing 4,425 entrants. The big story throughout this tourney was 2008 Main Event third-place finisher Dennis Phillips making a run at the title. However, he busted out in fifth place ($153,883), which left the door open for Dan Heimiller to win his second-career gold bracelet along with $627,462. Heimiller also won a bracelet in a 2002 Stud tournament, but he says that this one means more because poker is tougher today.
Event #18: $10,000 Razz Championship - George Danzer was probably getting tired of making so many deep runs in WSOP tourneys, only to miss out on the top prize. But on his seventh-career final table, the German poker pro was finally able to end the curse by beating an elite 112-player Razz field. He earned $294,792 for his efforts while Brandon Shack-Harris (2nd, $182,155), Brian Hastings (5th, $64,557), Naoya Kihara (7th, $41,806) and Daniel Negreanu (10th, $28,878) were other notables who finished near the top.
Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Amateur poker player and former US Marine Ted Gillis was the victor in Event #19 after topping a large 2,086-player field. He scooped $514,027 for the win while Johnny 'World' Hennigan settled for second place and $319,993.
Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout - Kory Kilpatrick, a lightly known poker pro from Memphis, Tennessee, won the Shootout and $254,891 after beating 388 opponents. High stakes legend Phil Galfond also made a strong run at his second-ever bracelet, but fell short in sixth place ($48,043).
Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Dominik Nitsche has been on fire in WSOP events over the past three years. He collected his third-career gold bracelet and $335,659 by beating a 2,043-player field in this $1k Hold'em event. His first bracelet came in a 2012 WSOP $1k Hold'em event ($654,797) while he earned his second victory just last month in the 2014 WSOP Circuit Championship ($352,800).
Event #22: $10,000 HORSE Championship - Small-time poker pro and coach Chris Wallace battled through 200 players to win this event and $507,614. Wallace admitted to having some nerves since this was just his first WSOP final table. However, he performed quite well considering that he won.
Event #23: $1,000 Turbo NL Hold'em - Famed online cash game player Doug 'WCGRider' Polk made a few bets before the 2014 WSOP on his ability to win a gold bracelet. And it looks like the man with over $2 million in online cash winnings will have a lot more money coming his way. That's because Polk beat a 1,473-player field in Event #23 to win this tourney and $251,696. Unfortunately, he was a little vague on how much more cash he'll receive from the bracelet bets.
Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed NL Hold'em - Kevin Eyster had an up-and-down tournament as he spent most of Event #24 surviving the 541-player field, before getting a good run and collecting some major chips. Final table play wasn't any easier since he lost the chip lead several times before beating Belgium's Pierre Neuville heads-up for the $622,998 top payout. Eyster now has over $2 million in live tourney winnings and another $3 million in online poker events.
Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/7 Card Stud Hi-Low - Following his painful divorce, Britain's John Kabbaj spent what he describes as two years destroying his life. However, a move to Austria and renewed focus on poker helped him get his mind right. And the end result: winning Event #25 along with a $267,327 payout.
Event #26: $1,500 NL Hold'em - Andrew Rennhack already owns and operates a business that provides ATM's to banks. So he's probably used to seeing the kind of money that he earned for taking down this $1.5k NLHE event. The Seattle native collected $408,953 for topping 1,593 opponents.
Event #27: $1,500 HORSE - Tommy Hang has a number of close calls in WSOP events, having finished runner-up, third (twice) and fourth place in the past. "I have been shooting for a bracelet for years now, and have always been falling slightly short," Hang said. But there was no coming up short this time after beating 742 opponents to win $230,744. What's amazing is that Hang almost didn't play this tournament because he was going to travel back to Washington and spend Father's Day with his family.
Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Russian businessman Alex Bilokur said that he'd been dreaming of winning a WSOP gold bracelet one day. And he no longer has to dream about this because he beat a 160-player field to win a $10k PLO event. The wealthy Bilokur earned $398,567, but maintains that the money is less important to him than winning prestigious poker events. That's saying a lot when you consider how he has over $3 million in live touranment earnings.
Event #29: $2,500 NL Hold'em - Some poker players spend a lifetime hunting for a gold bracelet, only to never win one. Pierre Milan must be an impatient man, though, because he talked of "finally" winning a bracelet in a $2.5k NLHE tournament - despite this being just his second-ever WSOP. The Frenchman beat Canada's Justin Oliver ($332,198) heads-up to win the $536,768 top payout.
Event #30: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low - As his $5.6 million in online poker tournament winnings show, Calvin Anderson is more accustomed to the internet world. However, he's also been grinding in more WSOP events in recent years. And this led him to a victory in the Event #30 $1.5k Stud tournament, where he outlasted a 588-player field to win $190,538.
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